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For Everyone… everyone…

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Suffering, a reality of the human condition

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“Suffering is the reality of the human condition and the beginning of true spiritual life.” ~Fr. Seraphim Rose (art: Save Me From My Demons, by J. Kirk Richards)

Asking for a miracle…

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A contemporary of the Russian novelist, Dostoyevksy, whose name was Turgeniev, wrote that, “whatever a man prays for he prays for a miracle.  Every prayer,” he said, “reduces itself to this: ‘Great God, grant that twice two not be four.’” ~ Harold J. Sala Touching God 52 Guidelines for Personal Prayer

Most widely spread vice on earth…

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“Lust is an inordinate desire of unlawful pleasures. It is a vice most widely spread in the world; one that is most violent in its attacks, most insatiable in its cravings. Hence St. Augustine says that the severest warfare which a Christian has to maintain is that in defense of chastity, for such combats are frequent, and victories rare.” ~… Read more »

Seeing Categories Instead of Individuals…

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The problem with labels is that they avoid complexity and ignore reality. As Christians, we’re guilty of labeling others too often, and we even do it when we read the Bible. For example, we think of Bible characters as either good or bad. King David, Moses, and the disciples were good, while the Pharisees, Judas, and others were bad. In… Read more »

Everyday opportunities for gratitude…

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Every day we are given opportunities for acquiring a grateful heart. Whatever comes our way, whether it be good or bad, are occasions for being grateful. When we realize that even difficulties and hardships are allowed by God for our salvation, we are more likely to received whatever comes, with a grateful heart. Whatever life places before us, all is… Read more »

What Millennials are searching for…

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Millennials aren’t looking for a hipper Christianity. We’re looking for a truer Christianity, a more authentic Christianity. Like every generation before ours and every generation after, we’re looking for Jesus–the same Jesus who can be found in the strange places he’s always been found: in bread, in wine, in baptism, in the Word, in suffering, in community, and among the… Read more »

Losing our own humility…

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For the holy men of old, whatever they suffered, they suffered for God’s name, either to demonstrate their virtue and so to help everyone else, or to win greater reward from God. But we miserable fellows, how can we say this? Every one of us goes on sinning and suffering what we deserve. We have left the straight road of… Read more »

Even our weakness can’t thwart God

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“There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye. Besides, even without our sincere and firm faith, miracles are accomplished, such as the miracles of the sacraments; for God’s Mystery is always accomplished, even though we were incredulous or unbelieving at the time of its celebration. “Shall… Read more »

The river suffering…

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“And I saw a river over which every soul must pass to reach the kingdom of heaven and the name of that river was ‘suffering’… And then I saw a boat which carries souls across the river and the name of that boat was ‘love.’” (1542-1591 – Spanish Mystic, Theologian) – St. John Of The Cross